Immersion into the Belly of the Beast

By james09PIT
Written March 14, 2015
As it plunges you viscerally into rough living waters, "Leviathan" creates an experience that feels somehow closely connected to the biblical sea beasts and great white whales its title connotes. But here, leviathan more literally refers to the hulking, groaning commercial sea vessel on which we're aboard, although we're seemingly on the same raw and primitive level as the fish, with the humans feeling at times more like monsters. Tiny Go Pro cameras sloshing around with the catch, washing overboard, and such helped to create such atmosphere. My main criticism of the film is that its length feels arbitrary, that it would likely be the same experience at half the length, or even at double. It's certainly understandable though that the runtime of a film with such otherwise uncompromising artistic integrity was likely chosen for pragmatic commercial reasons. Nevertheless, the film is among the most visionary in recent memory.
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